Emmanuel Christian shares his experience with the Islamic concept of Walaa wal Baraa.
Just a small refresher: Walaa wal Baraa = Islamic Apartheid. The essay is an intro to an Elsa Schieder newsletter which she explains how this Islamic Apartheid works. My intro makes the effort to show the Moderate Islamic thinking (or is propaganda thinking) as well as it used often used brutally in this day and age.
Here is negative concept of Islamic Apartheid that is essentially practiced in Muslim majority nations from my intro:
You can imagine that Islamic Apartheid is the practice of Muslims relegating minority religions to discriminatory second-class citizens which is a horrible life under Islamic Supremacist Sharia Law.
I think that is enough info to feel the distress that Emmanuel Christian (this might be a pseudonym) feels as a Christian living in Muslim majority Indonesia.
Comment to ‘Walaa wal Baraa & Kafir’
I live in Indonesia, and I just found out about this phrase today.
So, in December 2016 a huge mob of Muslims stopped a Christmas service in Bandung City, Indonesia. The local police helped the mob in dispersing the Christians having Christmas service on ground of “doing a religious activity on public space”. It was held in a function hall of a public government university.
Several months later, Zakir Naik came to Indonesia and preaches hatred, and promotes ignorance towards people who are not Muslims in the same type of function hall in another public government university, and the police stood guard to help Zakir.
Just today, daughter of Indonesia’s 4th president, criticized the government officials (civil servant and police force, etc.) for hindering people of minority religion of their equal right and having freedom to perform religious duties.
you can see the news article about it here ==> http://nasional.kompas.com/read/2017/07/04/09442431/yenny.wahid.pelanggaran.kemerdekaan.beragama.masih.terjadi ***
And there you have it, on the comments section, someone had commented that Yenny Wahid should have not criticized the officials, because the officials are Muslims and the deed are done to non-Muslims. The comment also quotes “al wala wal bara” in justifying his thoughts.
So, hello truth. I was born in Indonesia to a Christian family, and now I know so much more about what was happening all around me. This walaa stuff is the cause of so much things that happened to me and went unanswered and repressed.
***Blog Editor: The link Emmanuel provide is in a language from Indonesia. Here is the Google Translation into English.
Yenny Wahid: Violations of Religious Freedom Still Happen
By NABILLA TASHANDRA
July 4, 2017 0 9:44 WIB
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Director of the Wahid Foundation, Yenny Wahid see violations of religious freedom is still a lot happening. He also regretted how the Government and officials also became actors in the practice.
The Wahid Institute survey in 2016 revealed that the Government and many apparatus became perpetrators of freedom of religion.
At least, there have been 130 violations of the actor being part of the Government and the authorities. While 74 violation events conducted by community organizations.
“We still see the majority of minority tyranny,” Yenny said in a discussion of “One Table” in Kompas TV entitled Fitrah, Tolerance and Diversity, Monday (3/7/2017) night.
In the regions, he continued, minority religious groups are often the victims of the majority clothe in the region. For example, in areas in Java where Muslims are the majority, non-Muslims are often victims of violations of religious freedom.
Another small example is the exclusion of the right of a group of people who are considered to be perverted or perverted.
“For example not given ID cards, or other rights to build houses of worship,” he said.
He sees, there is a wrong concept related harmony. Such harmony often gives too much rights to society.
“Instead of a conflict in the area saying ‘yes it’s a minority problem’, it’s a sacrifice. This is a misconception,” he said.
According to him, the need to grow an awareness in society that all citizens have the same rights in the eyes of the law.
Such awareness, not exceptions, must also be demonstrated by the Government and the apparatus who are involved as actors of religious freedom violators.
That awareness is considered not yet grown in the hearts of citizens who are still perpetrators of violations of religious freedom.
“I think because these actors have no awareness, the basic constitutional rights of the state that every citizen should have in any background,” Yenny said.
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Emmanuel Christian’s commented is edited by John R. Houk and spellcheck. I left the Google Translate “Yenny Wahid: Violations of Religious Freedom Still Happen” as is.